STEELE CREEK NEWS
Community Workshop is July 30
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is inviting
interested citizens to attend a community workshop and offer ideas
and suggestions on Phase I development of the new Palisades
Neighborhood Park in Steele Creek. The workshop will be held
Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian
Church. (The church is located at 15000 York Road, just east of the
entrance to McDowell nature Preserve.)
Palisades Park will be built across York Road from the entrance
of McDowell Nature Preserve. The park will be developed on a joint
site along with new elementary and high schools. The facilities may
share parking, and the park will be open to the public after school
hours and on weekends.
Park and Recreation expects to build a neighborhood park, which
might typically include a playground, walking trails, picnic
sites/shelter, athletic fields, and other facilities. But given the
park’s setting within a two school campus, it could be a unique
facility in terms of amenities, physical boundaries, and operation.
The exact size of the park and schools is still being determined.
The community workshop is for the public to discuss their views and
I of the park will be paid for with about $311,500 in Park and
Recreation bonds, approved by voters in 2008. The preliminary
schedule calls for opening the park possibly as early as 2010.
Additional phases of the campus would be developed later.
elementary school will be funded from bonds approved by voters in
2007 but not yet sold. Construction on the school will not begin
before 2010, and the school will not open before 2011. Funding for
the high school will come from a future bond issue, which is not yet
At the workshop, staff from Park and Recreation and the school
system will brief citizens on the status and background of the
project. The Southwest Park District Advisory Council will lead an
open discussion of community needs and desires about the park. Two
or three workshops will eventually be held for further public
participation as the plan is developed.
For more information: contact Park Planner David Nelson: 704